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Barbara Gaskins

North Carolina

As a social justice advocate, Ms. Gaskins holds the knowledge and expertise needed to assist justice involved/returning individuals find and maintain skill needed for success. Ms. Gaskins has consistently been characterized by her steadfast dedication to enhancing organizational performance and achieving—and often exceeding—objectives. With proven ability to leverage communication, presentation, and leadership talents to make significant contributions within unjust systems.

Ms. Gaskins has the following highlights to her qualifications: 

  • Working to organize the Local Reentry council for Beaufort County. 
  • Spent the last nine years researching what works with reentry and working to implement those programs with the state and local organizations. 
  • Initiated community awareness campaigns on youth engagement, Get Out to Vote, the importance of reentry, and facilitated public meetings and town halls to discuss topics and drive community engagement, inclusion, diversity, and action. 
  • Cultivated consistent increases in community participants and members through a range of communication outlets including social media, email, direct mail, and phone calls. 
  • Created various partnerships with organizations such as the Community College, Sheriff Department, Police and Fire. 
  • Developed dynamic relationships with peers, community agencies, and the public to accelerate awareness and achieve organizational objectives. 
  • Organized and executed special events and functions aimed at increasing community participation and organizing action plans and next steps. 
  • Recruited and oversaw interns to maximize organizational progress and growth to secure a partnership with NAMI to begin a Step-Up Initiative to bring Mental Health services inside the local jails. 
  • Created and working to implement a reentry curriculum that will begin in January, 2021 with the Pitt County Detention center to teach skills needed for successful reentry. 
  • Partnered with local mental health agencies in Eastern NC to introduce the concept of peer support so that returning/justice involved citizens have the opportunity to seek a career rather than just have a job. 
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the Bellevue University, a Master’s Degree in Justice and Security Administration from University of Phoenix, and another Master’s Degree in Special Education with certifications in Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Response to Intervention from Ball State University. 

Ms. Gaskins currently serves as a Justice League Fellow with Emancipate NC, Education Not Incarceration Fellow, and a Movement Media Fellow with Southern Vision Alliance. She has a record of success in grassroots program management, community alliance building, and team leadership—coupled with interpersonal talents and a dedication to continue to apply skills within the reentry/criminal justice sector.

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